In November 2002, as part of a goodwill campaign to help build people-to-people communication between Israelis and Palestinians, Rabbis for Human Rights delivered Israeli intercultural/interfaith aid to Jenin refugee camp and other Palestinian communities in the West Bank in coordination with Islamic Relief, Caritas and the Church of the Latin Patriarch.
Aside from its humanitarian value, the symbolic value of this intercultural/interfaith outreach was appreciated by community leaders and Palestinian families in Jenin camp. Akram Abu Sabaa, a Jenin camp spokesperson, told American activist Rains Rouner: “We appreciate aid from intercultural/interfaith sources because it represents the cooperation and mutual respect that we believe in — the vision of peace in this land where, insha’Allah, Muslims, Christians and Jews will live together in equality, brotherhood and trust.”
Voicing hope for greater communication and cooperation, Akram suggested that an American intercultural/interfaith campaign to assist Palestinians and support their equal political rights undertaken by U.S. Muslims, Jews and Christians could help to build recognition and understanding between Palestinians and Americans. “Intercultural/interfaith aid and political support can help to build a bridge between our peoples and our faiths,” Akram said.
Noting that justice, peace and equal political rights are interdependent, Akram added: “We want freedom and equality with Israeli Jews, and a relationship of mutual respect with Americans.”